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A Social and Holistic Approach to Numeracy
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Veronica's Pay Slip Activity (individual or group activity)

Given this scenario:

Veronica works for Exodos Cleaning Services at South Island College. She is a night cleaner. Her husband works in a non-unionized factory. They have three children. They live in a low-income working class community.

In a normal week, Veronica works from 9 p.m. to 5.a.m. from Sunday to Thursday, with a half an hour off every night for a “midnight snack”. Her rate of pay is $8.40 per hour. She usually makes $336.00 before deductions for a 40-hour week. When she works overtime, she gets time and a half.

Last week, her co-worker, Maduri, stayed home with a sick daughter. So Veronica had to work extra hours. She worked until 6:00 a.m. on Monday and until 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday. On Wednesday and Thursday, she worked until 7:30 a.m. On Friday morning, she worked her normal shift. Veronica’s pay for last week was more than usual, but it is less than she expected.

Here is Veronica’s pay slip:

What do you do?

Ask learners to respond to the following questions:
Is Veronica’s pay correct?
What should she do about it, if it’s not correct?

Taking up the activity:
In a group, ask learners to talk about what they did to figure out the answer.

  1. What information did you need to see if the statement is correct?
  2. What strategies did you use to figure it out?
  3. What did you finally do to figure it out?
  4. What did you find out about how you did it? What about the result?